Young Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez has extended his terms with the club, keeping him at Anfield until the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
Gomez has returned from a long layoff with an ACL injury to reclaim his role in the Reds’ first-team squad, and has made two appearances under Jurgen Klopp so far this season.
The 19-year-old is believed to be have been earmarked for a key role on Merseyside moving forward, and this is reflected in his new deal.
Following Philippe Coutinho‘s extension on Wednesday, Gomez put pen to paper on a new five-year deal on Friday afternoon, reaffirming his commitment to the club he joined in 2015.
While he has only played nine times since arriving from Charlton Athletic for £3.5 million, his vast potential is clear.
Klopp has long expressed his admiration for the Londoner, and it is likely he will go on to partner Joel Matip at the heart of Liverpool’s defence for the long term.
This belies his young years, with Gomez showcasing a maturity both on and off the field, no doubt endearing him further to Klopp, who rejected the chance to send him out on loan this month.
Speaking after signing his contract at Melwood, Gomez extended his gratitude to Liverpool for the “trust and faith” they showed throughout his long spell on the sidelines from October 2015, saying “it was a very easy decision.”
“It is a great club and when it was mentioned about me extending my time here, it’s not something I had to think very long about,” he said.
“I’m very happy it’s done now and I’ll just look to push on.
“It’s massive. It means a lot to me—it’s a massive gesture from the club to show that trust and faith in me.
“That’s why it was so important I did the same and done it so quickly, because I’m very happy here.
“I’ve loved living here and playing here and learning under the new manager, so it was a quick decision.”